Applicants must possess current knowledge and skill commensurate with the needs of troubled and high-risk youth in the State’s school system.  Applicants must have knowledge of issues related to substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, divorce and separation, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, suicide, eating disorders, stress management, and peer pressure.  Further familiarity with the intricacies of clinical outreach work in the school environment is a key attribute. 

The RI Student Assistance Program, based on the SAMHSA model program Project SUCCESS (formerly called the Westchester County SAP), is a prevention program targeting universal, selected and indicated populations.  SAPs do not keep a system of clinical charts, records, or case files on program participants.  SAPs do keep a detailed roster of student contacts and services which are entered electronically, without names, into the State’s data entry system.



For more in depth information on the requirements please review the downloadable application above.


Formal Education: Minimum master's degree in a relevant field.


Work Experience: 1,350 hours in a BHDDH Student Assistance Counselor program. 


Current Job Description: Copy of current counselor job description, obtained from current employer, and which must be signed by both the applicant and their immediate clinical supervisor. 


On-The-Job Supervision: 70 hours of on-the-job supervision of qualifying work experience with a minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision in each counselor domain. 


Education/Training: : 60 total hours of relevant education/training to the field of substance use disorders. 30 hours must be from Project SUCCESS in the RI recognized Student Assistance model training, 3 of the hours must be in behavioral health ethics, 6 of the hours must be in confidentiality.